Friday 23rd. November 2018 - Longridge to Bleasedale
Draw a straight line on the map and try to walk as near as possible to it. Nick Crane did this walking the two degree line of longitude from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Isle of Purbeck and produced the most entertaining, by far, long walk account I have ever read: Two Degrees West. Nick's route had the added aesthetic attraction of being strictly north to south.
I am currently embarked on my own version from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Castle Carey which was originally intended to be done in one hit, but a broken arm, and then a replacement knee intervened - I hope to resume sometime around Easter next year.
My friend Bowland Climber who comments here suggested a line between our respective houses. The straight line is 26.5 miles, but we will probably walk nearer forty miles and we are splitting it into day walks using two cars. See BC's resumé HERE
We anticipate some problems with pathless hill terrain on the next section, and access problems further on, but more of that as it happens.
Today we walked on pleasant paths, tracks and road and kept pretty close to our straight line. We noticed that many stiles are in disrepair and often dangerous.
|This bizarre swing in the middle of nowhere had a surreal quality.|
|BC told me his kids used to fish in this pond.|
It has a close neighbour hence the Figure of Eight Ponds as christened by BC's kids.
|I was apprehensive on this crossing and was heartened to see that BC took it very carefully.|
|At the deserted farm.|
All a bit sad, but indications were that it had been neglected before its demise.
I was taken with the attractive stone walling of the barn (click to enlarge.) This had a particularly attractive kind of sandstone.
|BC looks towards Parlick and Fair Snape Fell.|
The next part of our straight line will go over the lower hills partly obscured by BC's hat